Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.73/5 rDev -12.6%
Looks like a top English old ale, even a Belgian, good aroma. Smooth, malted and some dark fruit mouthfeel and drinkable, but without the spice and good taste I would expect from the UK or Belgian ales. Nice, but not one I would seek out again. Alcohol hammer and drying finish.
4.5 years later, a vintage 2006 is brought out by Jonah. Looks lik a cask ale, with the small amount of light brown bubbles. The best part us the aroma of spices. The taste, malty, some chocolate, even cloying sweet.
11-06-2005 03:51:18 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Pours a dark copper brown with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a tiny cap. Carbonation bubbles rush toward the bottom of the glass before rising to the top again after the pour. Good thin rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked dark malts, chocolate covered chipotle peppers, and band aids. Very interesting and unusual smells for a beer. Taste is of smoked chipotle peppers, dark malts, band aids, and an earthy cocoa bean flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty flat with a thickness that makes this beer somewhat hard to drink. Overall, this is one of the most interesting and eccentric beers I have ever tried. With that being said I am not too sure I would revisit this one very often. A little too much for my tastes.
04-21-2011 02:31:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Reviewed from notes.
Served in a snifter. The initial pour is quite dark. A nice deepened shade of mahogany with a thin tan head and not too much lacing. Maybe a few legs here and there when held up to the light. The nose is very complex with some roast, tobacco, smoke, dark fruits, a bit of booze, and some nice malt.
The taste is not quite as complex and leans a bit too heavily on the tobacco and earth notes, but it's still quite nice. Really good flavors accompanying what was found in the nose plus a bit of brown sugar and dark molasses. Nice feel with a bit of booze. Good body and carbonation. The drinkability is affected by the fact that I think there's a bit too much tobacco character, but overall this is a really nice beer.
11-13-2010 22:38:35 | More by Thorpe429
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a small tan head that faded to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the bubbles rising near the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolates and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very rich, complex and malty. It starts with some initial sweetness and transitions over to a mild bitterness, containing flavors of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and smoke along with some hints of leather. The alcohol is well masked and doesn't detract from the overall taste.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is definitely some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is very filling (almost a meal in itself) and a good one to sip given its high alcohol content and complex flavors. There's no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting but this will certainly be a beer that I will try again, perhaps on a cold winter night.
Note: Batch #77
07-24-2010 14:48:12 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Batch 66. Murky black walnut with no hint of lightening at the edges. The upper portion of the snifter is filled with coffee mousse colored foam that is creamy and supremely silky. It melts in fantastic fashion and leaves an abundance of lattice-like lace on the glass. Adam looks great!
The nose is akin to a huge Baltic porter or a barleywine chock full of roasted malt. Since old ale is such a broad style, it works as well. Each sniff delivers loads of black malt, dark fruit macerated in dark rum, anise seed... and all manner of other things that should be more identifiable on the palate.
Adam is unlike any beer that has ever entered my glass. It's similar to an Imperial stout, but is much deeper and more multi-faceted. I'm reminded of an RIS brewed by a world class Belgian brasserie. It's delicious right now and should be even more compulsively drinkable as it continues to warm.
Another comparison that keeps coming to mind is an American barleywine with more black and roasted malt than any American barleywine on the planet. Could the yeast strain be responsible for the mindblowing flavors that greet each sip, or have the brewers added some secret ingredient?
The flavor profile includes the finest quality bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, black currants and figs soaked in Jamaican dark rum, coffee bean-flecked plum pudding and black licorice. In addition, my taste buds register a lingering smokiness that puts a rauchbier-like finale on the whole shootin' match. This stuff is amazing!
Although I was unable to determine the bottling date for this batch, it has to be at least a few years old. That was time enough, apparently, for the flavors to meld completely and for the alcohol to soften into velvety smoothness. It still contributes a minor tongue numbing and a great deal of belly warming.
A louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking (and a bit too much fizziness in the upper portion of the bottle) had me concerned. All is fine now, though. The beer is medium-full, with a chewiness and a mouthcoating that is immensely enjoyable. A fraction more heft and a 25% reduction in carbonation would have garnered the next highest score with ease. Note: it finally gets there in the end.
I was going to say that Adam is my favorite HOTD beer when I glanced at my reviews for the others. Fred, Rose Cassis and Blue Dot Imperial IPA scored almost this high. These guys should be commended for pushing the boundaries of what constitutes outstanding craft beer and for delivering incredibly delicious, infinitely cellarable ale much more often that not. Do yourself a favor and buy Adam by the case whenever you run across it. I know I will.
05-27-2008 15:57:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a billowing tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. I was very careful with my first pour according to the bottle's instructions and got very little head; as I lifted the bottle into the air for a second pour, the head virtually exploded
Smell: Dried dark fruit, tobacco, peat, licorice and a bit of fruity hops; smells almost like red wine
Taste: Swirling this through my mouth I picked up a variety of rather sweet and pungent dark fruit and chocolate flavors on the front end along with a touch of raspberry; after the swallow, some bitter chocolate, licorice, tobacco and coffee flavors kick in and linger well into the finish where they are joined by the smoky peat flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied with prickly carbonation; very smooth on the tongue
Drinkability: This is a spectacular Old Ale that is well worth the effort it took to seek out here in NC
12-24-2005 21:49:49 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a super huge foamy head (so much foam coming out of the bottle that I thought the beer was infected) with good retention. Aroma of chocolate and tobacco is interesting and different. Taste is mix between some chocolate malt with some tar, tobacco and probably some smoke. Taste is very complex with quite of few layer appearing as the beer warms up. Carbonation was slightly below average with no alcohol being discernable. I will definitely try to pick-up some more bottles as I would like to age a few.
02-16-2007 18:36:26 | More by Phyl21ca
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
Adam is a fantastic showcase of rustic brews with large emphasis on brown malts in a backdrop of lighly smoked grains.
Deep brown hues and showing high viscocity, the beer pours with a volumptuous creaminess. A solid tan head rises quickly and expansive before settling into a thick blanket across the glass. Light on lacing, I expected more but tha alcohols prefer legging to lacing.
Rich Barleyine aromas of dense English malts, stone fruits, and bold rum-like alcohols. Brown malts give light chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and a modest campfire note. All make for an exquisite experience to the nose.
Heavy malts continue throughout the flavor. Syrup sweetness and sweet breads set the matly tone while fruits of prunes, raisons, red grapes, figs, nuts, cherries, and berries share the stage with sherry or rum alcohols, making an impression of fruitcake. Chocolates, coffee, and smoke rise going into the finish and leads to something Porter-ish.
Very full and rich to the mouth with high bitterness (which interferes with the succulent sweetness a bit too much and nearly causes a bitey or grassy finish). Alcohols are high and reaches fusal territory on various sips. At times I think I admire the power but at others, I think is too aggressive.
The beer shares a lot of what's best about English Barleyines and American Porters. While I would back off of the hops a bit and I think that the beer is too hot for a 10%er, I also think that the innovation and attention to history makes this beer a most admirable treat.
02-28-2010 03:36:21 | More by BEERchitect
4.88/5 rDev +14.3%
Wow, that is about all I can say about this one. This was one of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. I dont even know where to begin on this one. Lets just start from the top. Poured a very deep dark brown with a big three finger plus head of tan lace and just a really full overall look. This was really nice looking with tons of residual side glass lace and a sticky foam top that would not quit. The aroma was wonderful, full of sweet smells of caramel, sugar, chocolate and nuts, with a nice hop essence in the back. I am not sure what the style of this is, but the flavor was robust and full. Very nutty with a decidedly caramelesque sugar to it and a really great fresh, and dry hop like finish. There were hints of chocolate and coffee throughout, but not enough to make it rely totally on those. Such a very full bodied feel, very creamy and rich. This was a magnificent bottle and one that I was really glad I got to try. It really was different than almost anything I had had before and I look forward to one day getting another to compare. And for reference this was batch number 68, and it was fantastic!
11-14-2007 01:23:37 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.
S: The nose offers up notes of toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is also a bit of tart, dark fruits such as cherries, grapes, and raisins.
T: The flavor chocolate is more pronounced than the nose with plenty of brown sugar for sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth.
M: The body is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel.
D: Old Ales are quickly becoming a new favorite style of mine. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer and I'm pleased to have ready access to this beer.
04-06-2010 06:35:39 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Dark amber color with nice head. Very pleasant sweet nut nose. Lots of fruit and sweet malt flavors and characteristics with good hop balance and nice mouth feel. Big flavors with a long hop finish. Appealing carmel/coffee flavors in the finish. Nice big beer.
05-14-2009 05:51:11 | More by GRG1313
4.14/5 rDev -3%
Had this back in 2008. This beer was really cool, I don't know what it is about HotD brewing but they have this style about them that I find really interesting. This beer poured out as a black color with a pretty good sized head on it. The smell of malts and hops are strong in this beer. The taste kicks off with a pretty strong hoppy flavor and then fades into a roasted dry chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, it remained smooth and drinkable but has a very nice body to it. Overall I really liked this beer, it opened my eyes to the old ale style. Since this was one of my first of that style. Really wanna have this one again.
08-21-2011 18:42:33 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.
05-08-2004 01:32:34 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev -15%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours a very deep, dark maple, with a bit of light tan head that laces fairly nicely. The smell has a good deal of sweetness, made up of brown sugar, molasses, powdered sugar, figs; on top of that is a general booziness and a decided undercurrent of oily leather, almost a WD-40 scent. Though that may sound at least a bit off-putting, they all combine to create an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is ostensibly bitter, in terms of hops, herbs (something akin to wormwood), and leather. There are also hints of anise and raisins. The body sits a bit heavily on the tongue, and the alcohol is not exactly subtle, making this brew more ripe for sipping than straight drinking.
02-19-2010 05:12:01 | More by TMoney2591
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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